Uttarakhand Himalayas has got versatile angling potential to offer in its Rivers, streams as well as in alpine lakes too with huge variety of fishes in them. There are around 132 species of fishes found in Uttarakhand, offering immense angling opportunities for those looking forward to fishing in freshwater lakes, streams or rivers. Though there’s also a worrying fact that 8 species out of these are endangered, and Mahseer has lost 80% of its population in last 20 years.Angling in Uttarakhand Rivers and Lakes is catching momentum amongst the other tourism activities in Uttarakhand. Though it hasn’t got the full steam yet but certainly has the full potential to be a favourite angling destination for the enthusiasts to make beeline towards this hill state.
Variety of fishes famous amongst Anglers in Uttarakhand :
Mahseer: This extremely beautiful fish is an endangered one, which inhabits both rivers and lakes. This fish ascends to rapid streams with rocky bottoms for breeding. As it ascends in the hilly rivers and streams of Himalaya Courageously, that’s why it is known as Maha+Sher i.e ‘Big ‘Tiger’ of waters. Also due to similarity in habit of tracking back the hilly stream for breeding like Salmon fish, Some anglers call it Indian Salmon too. It is the good game fish and can grow upto 25 kgs in its natural habitat.
This Mahseer fish is omnivorous,which can eat not only the algaes, crustaceans, insects, frogs, and other fishes, but also it likes eating fruits that fall from trees on the bank of river,lakes. In Uttarakhand, 3 species of Mahseer are found, which are as follows:
- Tor puttitora (also known as Golden Mahseer or Himalayan Mahseer)
- Tor Chilonaidee
Trout : Trout are closely related to salmon in uttarakhand mainly the brown trout also known as Himalayan golden trout is found in abundance
Goonj,Kalabassu are another fish species which are anglers’ favourite in Himalayas specially in rivers of Kumaon region.
Angling spots in Garhwal Himalayas:
Dodital: The Dodi Tal or Lake is beautiful alpine fresh water lake at an altitude of 3025 meters surrounded by the Himalayan peaks. The Dodital Lake is famous for its trout and Mahseer fishing. One can easily spot the Shining red spotted Himalayan Golden Trout in the crystal clear waters near the place where stream meets lake..
“Dodi” is the local name of the trout. Multitudes of trout float in the lake.Now, since many years the government has been running a fisheries centre at Kalyani that lying on the way to Dodital. The fishes are let loose from the Asi Ganga to the Bhagirathi.
The Garhwal rivers which offer good angling opportunities are :
Angling spots in Kumaon Himalayas:
Sat Tal : This is another lake for angling in the Kumaon himalayan region and one can easily find Mahseer and Rohu in abundance here.
Corbett National park : This National park is Surrounded by rivers like Kosi,Ramganga, Sonanadi etc, which are full of fishes. Angling have become one of the leading attractions of Jim Corbett National Park apart from jungle safari. In these rivers Mahseer is the widely available fish, along with Indian Trout, Goonch, and Kalabassu. In Jim Corbett National Park, angling is allowed at only few designated areas like Bhikiasen and Pancheshwar. One needs to have special permission from the Corbett authorities for angling in the areas mentioned above mentioned areas.
The Rivers in Kumaon offering Angling opportunities are :
- Tons River : There is also plenty of trout in the Tons River
Best time for Angling : In june month, the Mahseer comes up to the mountain streams and rivers to breed. So is the best month for angling in Uttarakhand specially for Mahseer angling.
Angling : Angling is kind of a sport where fish is caught only for fun or gaming, as a display of fishing skill using a fishing rod,The fish is not caught for killing in angling.The fish caught is weighed, measured and photographed by the angler and then is left safely back to the water.So Angling doesn’t harm the fish population.